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Whale Watching

Enjoy a 4 hour cruise in Algoa Bay where humpback be spotted almost the year through as they move to and from their breeding ground along the East Coast. Southern right whales can be seen from July to October as they enter the safety of the bay to give birth.. They are the most frequently observed whales along the South African coast. Other marine life in the Bay include dolphins, bryde’s whales, Cape fur seals, various species of sharks, and the African penguin.

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Addo Elephant National Park

Addo Elephant National Park is a unique and diverse wildlife sanctuary being the 3rd largest park in South Africa and the only one in the world to boast the Big 7 – the Big 5 plus the Southern Right Whale and the Great White Shark. Over 550 Elephant make the park their home, as well as Cape Buffalo, Black Rhino, a variety of antelope species and the unique flightless dung beetle, found almost exclusively here. The park is 40 km outside Port Elizabeth and can be accessed either from the National Road to Grahamstown, or the R335 to Addo Town.

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Donkin Heritage Tour and Route 67

Take yourself back in time as you follow the 5 kilometre Donkin Heritage Trail through city centre, treading in the footsteps of the 1820 Settlers. The trail leads you to 47 national monuments and historical sites and is named after Sir Rufane Donkin, the acting governor of the Cape Colony during that time. Places of interest include The Main Library, City Hall and the more recent Feathermarket Centre, Prince Alfred’s Guard Drill Hall; a number of cathedrals and churches; the London-like Havelock Square; and a series of Settler cottages. Route 67 consists of 67 Public Art Works symbolising Nelson Mandela’s 67 years of work dedicated to the Freedom of South Africa and includes 67 steps leading up to the second largest flag in Africa. The artworks were designed by local artists from the Eastern Cape. The route is proud celebration of our cities heritage and history. This is a must see stop for the whole family to walk and to enjoy.

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SAMREC

The South African Marine Rehabilitation and Education Centre (SAMREC) is located near the Cape Recife Lighthouse and is the temporary home to many sick or injured African penguins. To make it extra memorable, go along at feeding time, 14h30, and learn more about these and other marine birds from the dedicated staff who care for them. A great place to take the kids.

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Beach and coastal walks

The beautiful long stretches of Port Elizabeth’s coastline allows for excellent meanders and activity. The city has dedicated boardwalks between Summerstrand and Cape RecifeA lovely half day meander along the city coast line towards Cape Recife Lighthouse, one of South Africa’s most iconic lighthouses, is well worth the effort. Two of the six Blue Flag beaches located in the Eastern Cape are situated in Port Elizabeth. Humewood Beach a stretch of coast that has impeccable water quality, visible environmental information and safety services, including excellent life-saving standards, ample parking and sparkling ablution facilities. So take advantage of the Port Elizabeth sunshine, head to the beach and catch that long lost tan that winter has robbed you of.

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Scuba Diving

Port Elizabeth has some of the best scuba diving opportunities around. Pro Dive in Port Elizabeth offers a 5 day PADI open water course or for those that are already qualified, a variety of charters to the most popular dive sites. They offer equipment rental, equipment sales and airfills on site. All dives are led by qualified divemasters making use of a surface marker buoy instead of anchoring for safety and to prevent damaging the reefs.

Well what can I say.. We visited Addo elephant national park and we saw 6 male lions (yes I know I couldn't believe it either) dozens of herds of elephants, buffalo, zebra, warthogs and so many more! Fantastic reserve, with a great restaurant which is reasonably priced! But I don't think we would of had a brilliant day, without our guide Kevin! He was friendly, helpful, professional and so passionate about his job and the protection of the animals! He knew all the great spots to find the animals and was the most amazing experience I've had in Africa!
Thank you so much!
The hostel is brilliant. It's clean, spacious, excellent facilities and great location!

Siobhan Padi
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Apartheid museums

The Red Location Museum has been built as a tribute to the liberation struggle against apartheid. It’s unconventional stark but spacious structure incorporates the corrugated iron theme of informal settlement living and includes a series of memory boxes which house a diversity of photographic and art exhibitions. The South End Museum reflects a bygone era of the suburb of South End prior to and during the implementation of the Group Areas Act in 1950, which led to the destruction of the ‘old’ South End.

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Private Big 5 Game Reserves

The Eastern Cape is home to numerous 5 star private game reserves. Most are within an easy day’s drive from Port Elizabeth and boast Big 5 viewing. In Shamwari, experience not only the game drive, but also visit the Born Free Foundation which is a force behind the rehabilitation and conservation of big cats. Schotia Safaris combines their own private reserve with Addo Elephant Park, giving you a wide variety of bush experience. This 4 hour tour includes a delicious dinner prepared on the open fire, and thereafter a short night drive to spot nocturnal animals.

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Sandboarding

When you feel the need for a day of adrenaline, speed and fun in the sun, come along to the banks of the Sundays River near Port Elizabeth and try your hand at Sandboarding. Our operators provide the newest equipment and trained instructors; all you need to bring is your sense of adventure.

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Surf school

Port Elizabeth has some fantastic beaches for beginner surfers and some world class surfing waves for intermediate and advanced surfers. The majority of our beginner lessons in Port Elizabeth take place near the oceanarium – but the location depends on the swell size and wind direction. All equipment is included in the lesson fee.

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Township Tours

This half day tour takes you into the vibrant townships of Port Elizabeth where history and the present have blended to build a kaleidoscope of sights, tastes and sounds. Njoli Market Square allows visitors the opportunity for the tasting of traditional Xhosa ``Amagwinya`` and homemade ``Amasi`` as well as a walk around the vibrant street market. A visit to a pottery studio gives visitors the opportunity to interact with the artist and view the trendy artwork..

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The Nelson Mandela Bay Pass

A smartcard access card, provides you with free admission to a variety of attractions and activities in Nelson Mandela Bay. This includes amongst others museums, game reserves, scuba diving, art galleries, sightseeing tours and many more. It also entitles you to some great discounts in selected stores for shopping, activities, entertainment and more. The Nelson Mandela Bay Pass offers flexibility, convenience, variety and savings.